I'm looking for some new in ear headphones after my previous set died. I've used an Ultimate Ears 400vi set which I liked, but the cable became loose and started making noise whenever it moved, so I had to return it. After that I got a set of Klipsch Image S4s which I was rather disappointed with after using the UEs, they were very uncomfortable in my ears, there was a piece of plastic that poked into the side of my ear, plus the sound quality wasn't what i was expecting. Anyway, one of the ear pieces just broke on them so I have an excuse to replace them!
Very tempted by the Yamaha EPH100s you recommend so much on here, only issue I have is that they don't have controls on the cord, which both my previous sets did and I found it very useful. For a similar price the Nocs NS400 seem to be what I'm looking for but I'm not sure how the image quality stands up to the Yamahas. Are there any other headphones you would recommend at a similar quality/price to the Yamahas which do have controls? If not, I'll probably just go for those and make do without the controls. Thanks for any replies.
To get EPH-100 level performance with controls and a bass-heavy signature you'd have to look at the Monster Trumpets, which are a lot more expensive. If you're willing to drop to a lower tier then there's a number of options - the MEElec CC51P should be a good UE400 replacement with its v-shaped yet refined sound. The Phonak 022 (whichever one has the mic) is decent also and gives you the ability to get another set of filters later for a different sound. Plus it's one of the more comfortable earphones out there. The Shure SE215+mic cable is another solid all-rounder that should be comfortable for most ears.
Would it be worth a $30-40 price difference compared to Xcape IE or $60-70 over HiSound Audio PoPos or Crystals? I'm not 100% sure if I want to shell out that much for IEMs just yet. What would your recommendation be for a sub $100 IEM for a bass head that also likes to listen to lighter stuff?
Thanks so much for your help also and to everyone else as well. Really helping me with my situation and I'm learning a heap.
Like I said, can't recommend the Xcape IE even though it's a great earphone. The Crystal is more of a competitor for the Shure SE215. Good, just not EPH-100-good. Also not sure a Crystal would do it for a proper bass head. In that price range perhaps a Hippo VB or Fischer Audio Consonance would be more suitable. Or you could save a good chunk of change and try a Vsonic GR02 bass edition.
Neither is great but if I had to pick one, probably the E30. The E30 doesn't have great resolution but the PL50 rolls off earlier and its buttery smoothness works against it in some ways. I've actually never heard an earphone based on a Knowles SR driver that had great highs. Most have decent quality and somewhat less decent quantity.